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Summer Dresses: 4 Styles To Rock Your Sunny Season

July 24, 2017
Pink Dress

Going somewhere? Summer dress season is in full swing – or should we say ‘full twirl.’ But, really, is it ever NOT dress season. With the plethora of new and unique styles available, we’re certain there’s one (or many) to pique your fashion sense no matter the season or occasion. Need a little inspo? Give these 4 styles a twirl for your next summer shindig. Lush floral prints and light, airy fabrics keep your look stylish, fresh and fun.

Gimme An ‘A’

Though temps may rise, you don’t’ have to forego style to keep your cool. Grab a floral A-line number to slip into for brunch, a trip to the museum or your BFF’s shower, to name just a few. For those destinations a little too cool for comfort, pair it with a vest, cardigan or light jacket to fend off the AC’s wintery blast.

Outfit Dress

Work It

Consider this shift dress a case study in comfort that works equally well at the office, fancy dinner or a wedding. A true 9-to-5-to-11 piece for the days when there’s little time to fuss with your look. Even its simple cross-bar embellishment makes getting ready easier – no necklace needed. Shift into easy? Please!  

Yellow Dress

Max Out  

Picture yourself in the tropics, or least in tropical flair, in a floral maxi. It’s the effortless throw-on-and-go style versatile enough to wear just about anywhere. We’re thinking date nights, showers, weddings, on the boardwalk and nights out with friends. But, go with the flow of whatever feels right to you. Dress it up with a pair of wedges or heels, or slip into some cute, flat sandals for your more low-key occasions.

Floral Dress

White On

White is so right (and so cool) on so many levels – especially in the heat of summer. We love that this style is short, sweet, shoulder-baring and so versatile. It totally fits for brunches, picnics and those times that call for your Sunday best. Accessorize with even more white or mix up your palette with vibrant colors. Everything goes with white, right? Touche!  

White Dress

Décor

Global Chic Home Trend: Create The Look With 10 Easy Decor Pieces

July 18, 2017
Global Chic

Global chic is one of the hottest trends in home decorating and we’re loving Every. Single. Piece. Introduce its exotic beauty to any room – from bathrooms to bedrooms to living rooms – for unsurpassed elegance. Think vibrant hues, dramatic textures and mixed materials like wood, metal and faux fur, then let your decorating adventures begin with 10 easy-to-add home décor ideas below.

All About the Base

To start the global chic trend in your home, we suggest starting big. Choose your base pieces, like furniture, first. Typically, these are the neutral-colored pieces that anchor a space. In this case, a faux fur bean bag chair. Why neutral colors? Most colors and patterns pop against neutral backgrounds – and neutrals complement almost everything. Even neutrals.

Remember functional pieces, too. We suggest a cute side table or two made with metal and etched wood to hold your remotes, books, drinks and more.

Global Chic Room Decor

The Softer Side

Comfort is key, even in global chic spaces. And it’s totally do-able with soft, colorful accents like rugs, pillows and throws. Choose styles with paisley or geometric prints, varying textures and exotic details like sequins that allude to Moroccan getaways and you’re right on trend. Coordinate as much or as little as you like. There’s really no wrong or right way to infuse your space with global chic glamour. Just keep it comfy and it’ll feel right from day one.

Global Chic Throws, Rugs and Pillows

How Bazaar  

If anything can pull your global glam together, it’s small details. Think exotic bazaars as you dot your space with decorative accents. The must-have? Hanging décor is almost a necessity, but don’t forget artificial greenery, shiny ceramics and wood finds to amp up your worldly ambiance.

Global Chic Home Decor

Global Chic CandleIn The Air 

You’ve got the exotic look. Enhance it with an exotic scent. Candles, scented with favorites like jasmine, not only brighten and refresh, their inviting glow adds warmth and comfort. Place a few or several around your space to help soothe away the day’s stresses.

 

 

 

 

 

Got a case of wanderlust? Us, too. The new global chic trend has us thinking about faraway places. Fortunately, it’s possible to get these bazaar-inspired styles without having to travel halfway around the globe. Just head to your nearest Gordmans. No passport required. 

Fashion

Vacation Bound? Pack Smart With These 10 Must-Haves!

July 10, 2017
Vacation Blog

Fab vacation on your summer checklist? Yay! Whether you’re packing for a wild zoo daycation, splashy getaway at the lake or roadtrip across the good old U.S.A., comfort and preparation are key. Be that person who thinks of everything with a little help from Gordmans. We’ve assembled a list of 10 essentials to take your vacation from average to awesome. Let’s roll!

In Step With Comfort

Even if you’re planning a relaxing getaway, you’re bound to spend time on your feet. Cushion them with memory foam slip-ons. Lightweight and ultracomfy, they’re perfect for days when you need a break from sandals and flip-flops. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Free Your Hands

With so much to juggle during that trip to the museum or amusement park, you can’t go wrong with crossbody handbags. Fill it with necessities, slip it over your head and enjoy hands-free convenience. Styles with handy pockets get even more bonus points.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rain, Rain Go Away

We’ve all been there – caught in the rain without a trusty umbrella. No more! Toss one or two into your luggage without taking up precious space. Today’s styles are  more compact (& stylish) than ever. Bring it, rain. We’ll be ready!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Made In The Shades

Sunnies are practically no-brainers for vacation days. Even on cloudy days, they’re still needed – are we right? See all of the season’s hottest shapes, colors and styles at Gordmans.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stow & Go

It’s come a long way, baby. Gone are the days of basic black luggage. Today’s luggage is as stylish as your favorite outfits and features spinner wheels, easy-access pockets and lightweight designs. Need a particular size? Choose from small to carry-on to OMG sizes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Just Because 

Because you need to pamper yourself. Wherever you go. Whatever you do. No questions asked.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Keep The Piece

There’s no doubt about it. You leave on vacation, you MUST pack swimwear. You never know when the pool, beach or newest splash pad will call. Be ready for H2Oh-so-fun times in the latest swimwear.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Feeling Boho

Sure, you’re looking forward to casual days ahead, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for comfort. Bring on boho vibes with a tie-front top and matching shorts! Casual, yes. Stylish? Definitely. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Top It Off

Let’s be honest. Some days you don’t want the sun. And some days you’re not having the best hair day. These are the days that call for a hat. Toss it in your luggage and pop it into shape when needed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On The Mend

For those ‘oops’ moments that pop up when you least expect them, be sure to pack  an ‘emergency kit’ to remedy fingernail issues, clothing mishaps and more. This 38-piece wonder kit packs such things as buttons and thread, a nail file and safety pins to turn oh-no moments into no-problem moments.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don’t let your vacation prep time turn into panic time. Start early on your list, then check it twice for these smart essentials. Let the vacation adventures begin!

Décor Party & Event Ideas

5 Tips for Planning a Summer Party

June 22, 2017
Planning a Party

Be the hostess with the mostest fun – and the one who thought of everything – at your next summer party. We have more than a few ideas to help you plan and brighten up your space for day-into-night shindigs. From mealtime to splash time to cocktail time, let the good times (and good vibes) roll with new and smart party favors for revelers of all ages.

Keep It Chill

Ice tops the list of necessities you need to keep summer parties chill – and it’s not just for beverages. Veggies, fruit and other goodies need love, too! Use functional serveware from Gordmans to keep it crisp, presentable and lip-smacking good. Made of non-glass material, it’s safe to use. Just add ice and let the chill begin.

Serving Ware

Yard Games

Amp Up The Fun & Games

Lively guests are happy guests. Be sure to have lots of games on hand to spark some fun! Lawn darts, anyone? We suggest racquet games and classic lawn darts to serve up hours of enjoyment. Just a few key pieces, a little space and you’re good to go.

Float Their Boats

For wet and wild fun, pool floats are the perfect party favors! At 5- to 6-feet in length, these floats are big on fun – and large enough to keep up with (most) adults and kids. Pool not in your party plans? We think they’d make amazing, oversized party decorations. Hang ‘em high or place around your party space, they’re sure to delight summer guests!

Pool Rafts

Dinnerware Plate

 

Setting Pretty

You have great taste! Put it on display with dramatic dinnerware to create a table as bright and lively as your guests. Melamine dinnerware is break, scratch and chip resistant, so its a safe option for outdoor dining. With dishes this cheery, you’ll never go back to serving on humdrum paper plates and bowls. Yay!

 
 
 
 
 

String Lights

Lighten Up

With today’s creative take on party lights, nighttime never looked so… delicious! Light the way for guests in colorful, unexpected ways. Doughnuts? Pineapples? When they’re this sweet (and calorie-free!), we’re in. Prefer something more traditional? Vivid, tabletop lanterns shine where needed – on side tables, patios, steps and more.   

Above all, remember to keep party planning stress-free. It’s doesn’t have to be over-the-top to be great. A few essentials here and there, easy-prep meals, fun and games, and friends and family are all you need to make it one to remember. Happy planning!

Family Fashion

Your Best Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June 12, 2017
Father's Day

That time has rolled around again. Time to answer the age-old question: What do I get Dad for Father’s Day? The struggle is real, we get it. Fortunately, Gordmans has the answers – a slew of gifts, actually – that show Dad you care. He’s the greatest guy in the world, right? Give him something that he’ll actually use – and you’re in good standing. Give him something to boost his cherished pastimes like fishing, golfing and napping – and you’re perched atop his favorite list.

So, let’s roll out the red carpet and peek at some fun gift ideas to liven up Dad’s downtime at the lake, golf course or his very own backyard.

Gifts That Will Have Dad Hooked

Downtime by the lake. Is there anything better? And, really, can you blame Dad for wanting to relax there? The tranquil water, whispering breezes and an occasional ‘ploop’ after he casts for the catch of the day. It all adds up to a day of sheer bliss, made better by a gift as comfortable as it is functional – a Realtree fishing shirt. With handy pockets, cool fabric, loose-fitting design, plus a back yoke for much-needed ventilation, it’s sure to be his go-to right after his rod and reel.

Father's Day Fishing

Gifts For Dad’s Fairway Fever & Beyond

While it won’t guarantee a hole in one, a golf polo will make every swing, chip or putt that Dad takes look amazing. It’s the gift of style that keeps giving, course after course, season after season. What makes it such a popular gift? Dad can dress it up with a nice pair of pants or shorts, or dress it down with jeans or denim shorts. In a new polo shirt, he’ll be game for anything, from a night on the town to a day on the links. Wrap up this traditional gift in his favorite color (or two) and you can’t go wrong.

Father's Day Golf

Gifts Made For The Shade

Dad deserves a day off-the-clock. One that’s all about comfort – and a long, refreshing, uninterrupted nap. While you can’t ensure that he’ll get quality shut-eye, you can give him gifts of comfort. Think all-cotton tees, sunglasses and outdoor pillows. They’re gifts Dad will actually use and enjoy well past June 18. But don’t sleep on it – Dad’s big day will be here sooner than you think!

Father's Day Comfort

Fashion

5 Workout Essentials You Need To Own

June 2, 2017
Workout Essentials

We get it. Some days you feel like powering through your best workout ever. Other days, you feel like power napping is essential – especially after a super busy day. We say, ‘go for the nap, then go for the workout.’ Napping may be just the boost you need to breeze through your next amazing workout. The key is to get your pulse going and your body moving, right? So, after you’ve had that essential nap, grab your gym bag and be sure to pack these five essentials from Gordmans to keep yourself cool, comfortable and content during your next sweat session:

Workout Gear

Tanks That Can Take The Heat

The right top can make or break your workout – and we think a performance-knit tank is a no-brainer for ultimate comfort. No sleeves to restrict movement. No too-tight necklines. Good ventilation where it counts. Tanks have everything going for them (& you) when it comes to style and comfort for your most demanding routines.

Check out the newest styles at your nearest Gordmans!

Workout Gloves That Serve To Protect

Essential for any activity that requires grip, workout gloves provide an extra layer of padding and protection. Shield your hands from wear and tear (and callouses and blisters) while lifting weights, performing floor exercises, doing pull-ups, riding stationary bikes and other similar exercises. You’ll thank yourself later. So will your hands.

Workout Gloves

Capris That Show A Little Skin

Made to move with you, not against you, performance capris are everything for gym workouts to outdoor running. For those who want more coverage than shorts provide, but less coverage than long bottoms, capris are a happy medium. Because your ankles are exposed, they tend to be a bit cooler – and that’s a good thing!

Muscle Roller Sticks For Much-Kneaded Relief

Muscle RollerIt’s the piece you don’t know you need, until you try it and then wonder what you did without it. Yep, this is that piece. What looks like a folded umbrella actually provides relief to tired and sore muscles – and it’s super easy to use. Just roll it over those areas where you feel discomfort to massage, relax and relieve muscle soreness and stiffness for quicker recovery after workouts. (Think of it as a rolling pin for your muscles.)

Ear Buds To Make Time Fly 

Workouts seeming a bit long? Ear buds can help speed up your workouts – by way of your smartphone or your gym’s TVs. For outdoorEar Buds or indoor workouts, just plug ear buds into your smartphone to jam to your song list while working up a sweat. Or, plug into your gym’s TV bank to watch your fave programs. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the minutes tick away.

Finally, an essential workout tip: fight boredom by varying your workouts. Exercising in the same manner, with the same gear at the same time and place is bound to get  boring. Try mood-boosting yoga. A ballet-inspired barre workout. Kickboxing. Weight training. Chances are, you have many options available. Variety is the spice of life – and a good workout. So, get your sweat on and get moving in new and different directions.

Décor Party & Event Ideas

Fun Décor Finds For A Memorial Day Celebration

May 23, 2017
Memorial Day

How time flies! Soon we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who have given their lives to defend our great country. As you gather with family and friends during this special holiday weekend, show your all-American pride and kick off the unofficial start to summer with tried-and-true red, white and blue home décor. Whether your celebration takes you indoors around the dinner table or backyard around the picnic table, Gordmans’ stars and stripes décor will keep the mood fun and festive.

Peek at some of our newest Americana finds below, then hurry to your nearest store and pick up your favorites. Let the entertainment begin!

Throwing A Patio Party?

Welcome guests with Americana décor to set a cheery tone to weekend festivities. We love how photogenic stars and stripes can be and, day or night, they always shine brightly. Choose one focal piece to steal the scene (hello, garden gnome), or group several together for a real wow moment (hello, yard lights). From yard stakes to gazing balls to wind spinners and more – Gordmans has décor to make your soiree one to remember.

Yard Decor

Picks For A Picnic

Nothing defines summer dining quite like gingham – and it’s not just for tablecloths anymore. This bold print packs a punch on summer serveware too, with style that throws back to days gone by. Dare we say ‘old-fashioned?’ Yes, please! Stack your brats and burgers – and all the yummy extras – on new gingham serveware. It’s a snappy (and handy) addition to backyard barbecues and picnics that delivers a nostalgic twist. Let’s eat! 

Gingham Serveware

What’s In For Patriotic Decor

Why let the outdoors have all the glory? Bring the patriotic spirit into your home with tabletop décor that’s easy to place (& move) just about anywhere – on fireplace mantles, dining tables, bathrooms or other spaces needing a touch of red, white and blue. The idea is to think outside the box. Bedside, anyone? Keep your Americana look fresh and festive by rearranging the decor around your home as often as you like. Super easy!    

Table Top Decor

It’s easy to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. So, as you begin your holiday weekend entertainment plans with those you care about, please take a moment to remember those who have died in defense of our great country.  

Memorial Day Decor

Family

How Gordmans Helps Pets in Need

February 17, 2017
Pet

At Gordmans we LOVE pets! In fact we have a pet day where you can bring your pet in to shop at any Gordmans store, (learn more here). Shopping with your pet is extra fun, plus we love seeing what types of pets our guests have. In the past we’ve had everything from dogs, cats, a monkey, and even a chicken! We, like many of our guests, are dedicated to helping out animals in any way that we can.

How We Give Back to Pets

dog

Gordmans works with vendors that give back to the pet community. From donating a portion of the proceeds to helping animals, or providing meals for dogs, we strive to work with these vendors to give our furry friends the love they deserve.

MuttNation Foundation

pets

MuttNation Foundation was founded in 2009 by Miranda Lambert and her mother Bev Lambert.  Together they have created an organization that is striving to find a forever home for every dog. This mission is supported by a host of volunteers and partnerships with shelters across the country to provide spay and neuter programs, medical treatments, adoptions, prevention’s, transportation, and education. Every MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert purchase helps fund the rescue and adoption programs of MuttNation Foundation.

Dog for Dog

pet

The goal of Dog for Dog is to feed every shelter dog in the USA. Now, that is a challenge! By providing food to shelters, this frees up dollars to pay for medial care and getting dogs forever homes. The average shelter dog food cost is around $50, about $1.66 per day. With every purchase they give an equal amount of food to dogs in need, pound for pound. Not only do they sell dog food but they also have treats, spa products, training merchandise and pet beds.  You can find select products at your local Gordmans.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention for cruelty to animals throughout the US. In 2015, with the help of nearly 2 million supporters across the country, the ASPCA was able to rescue or assist more than 12,000 animals, facilitate over 4,600 adoptions, perform more than 54,300 spay/neuter surgeries and provide over $12.5 million in grants to animal welfare organizations.

When you purchase an ASPCA pet product at Gordmans, a portion of the proceeds are donated to help the ASPCA continue this life-saving work.

Humane Society of the United States

Most people are familiar with The Humane Society of the United States, which has a rich history and was founded in 1954.They advocate for all animals, from cats and dogs to farm animals, working to prevent animal fighting, puppy mills, factory farming and wildlife trade. They also work diligently to pass anti-cruelty laws and take care of more than 100,000 animals each year. When purchasing their products at Gordmans, 8% is going back to help these animals.

Pets are a very important part of many people’s lives and Gordmans is proud to be able to give back through these charities.

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Décor Shop

3 Ways to Style Tobacco Baskets

February 15, 2017
3 Ways to Style a Tobacco Basket

The hottest trend within the modern farmhouse look right now is adding a tobacco basket to your home decor. They have a rich history and add a great rustic look to your home.  Tobacco baskets date back to the 1800’s and were used to keep tobacco off the floor when storing the tobacco leaves in the warehouse. They were also used to take tobacco to the local markets. There are many other uses for them other than for storage purposes and they are great versatile piece to add to your home decor.

tobacco basket

Love Letter

Add a personal touch to your tobacco basket by adding a letter that signifies your first or last name, or just your favorite letter. Glue or use wire to secure the letter to the basket. Then all you need in a simple nail to hang the basket on the wall and you are done.

tobaccoo basket

Flower Fancy

Another great way to use multiple sizes of tobacco baskets is to layer then by setting them on a shelf against a wall. Then you can add other personal touches like a metal vase with flowers in a color that coordinates with your room. You can also add other home decor pieces to the mix and really show off your personal style.

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Storage Savvy

The easiest way to style a tobacco basket is by simply adding some greenery to fill in the basket. This faux greenery is great because it looks real but you don’t have to worry about keeping it alive and it’s so easy to change out with the holidays and seasons.

tobacco basket 3

You can find tobacco baskets in stores now at Gordmans!

How would you style your tobacco basket? Snap a photo and post to Instagram. Use the hashtag #gordmans so we can see your creations!

Family

A Gordmans Love Story

January 28, 2017
gordmans love story

Love is in the air at Gordmans in Springfield, Illinois! Sales Associate, Erica met the man of her dreams while working at Gordmans. And from there a Gordmans love story blooms.

gordmans love story

How They Met

4 years ago, while in graduate school, Erica was working as a part time Sales Associate during the holidays. When doing markdowns in the Juniors department she noticed Joseph.  He was a cute guy who kept walking by the Juniors department, who was probably not shopping for Juniors clothing. He approached her and told her she was really beautiful and gave her his contact information.

gordmans love story

Lost Information

Erica didn’t contact him right away. In fact, she thought she lost his contact information. 3 months later she was cleaning and found the business card that Joseph had given her. She took the plunge and called him and they talked for hours. This then lead to a first date. The rest of this love story is history.

Gordmans Love story

The Proposal

Erica and Joseph were going to a friend’s early surprise birthday party. While she was busy with all the details of what to wear he was busy planning a surprise proposal at the end of the night. He was nervous but when it came time to give a toast he got up and started talking about Erica and got down on one knee. She said Yes! And the restaurant cheered them on!

gordmans love story

The Engagement Photos

Since it all began at Gordmans they decided to do their engagement photo session at Gordmans.  This captured how they met and became a truly unique way to set their photos apart from everyone else.

gordmans love story

The Wedding

In full planning mode Erica has most of the plans made for their special day. In fact, a week after the proposal she had the major plans already confirmed. Of course her colors are purple, just like Gordmans! She is adding her own unique touch with DIY projects for centerpieces, glittering the bridesmaid shoes and Joseph is even helping custom design the invitation.

gordmans love story

A big thanks to Erica and Joseph for sharing their story with us!

Photography by Manuel Ortiz Photography